Speaking to the Commons today the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and minister for No Deal, Michael Gove, claimed that the automotive industry had told him it was “ready” for No Deal. But the automotive body, the SMMT, recently warned of the devastating impact No Deal would have on the industry.
Commenting, Tonia Antoniazzi MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Michael Gove’s claim in the Commons that the automotive industry told him this week that it was ‘ready’ for a No Deal crash-out Brexit must be seen as little better than a lie.
“Only a few days ago the SMMT, the industry’s trade association said that No Deal ‘would have an immediate and devastating impact on the industry, undermining competitiveness and causing irreversible and severe damage.’
“Unless Michael Gove meant they were ready for job losses and factory closures, his claim can only be dishonest.
“Michael Gove previously said he had campaigned for something other than No Deal, now – to keep his job in Boris Johnson’s Cabinet – he is fully-behind the idea of crashing out of the EU with nothing.
“If Gove and Johnson try to take us out on No Deal, Parliament has the power to say the British people must first have their voice heard in a final say referendum.
“Going ahead with Brexit now would not mean the end of the crisis but the start of never-ending negotiations in which the UK would be in a weaker position than ever.
“We cannot trust Boris Johnson to put the country first, we must trust the people.
“Only a People’s Vote would give us all the clarity and certainty we need to move on.”